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Uncovering the unexpected

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The mice have been a big challenge this year. Yesterday I went to go plug a few holes in floor where the water supply lines run into the cabin. Took apart the insulated box that helps keep the pipes from freezing in Winter and discovered a small leak or rather a series of leaks and so now I’m pulling all the insulation and preparing to put a new modified setup in place.

Before I do that I really been wanting to work on my garden fence so that’s what I’m going to work on this morning. Going to be a combination of rock, wood, and fencing, and chicken wire.

Hoar frost above the fog layer

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Always enjoy waking up to trees covered with hoar frost.

It’s 10° F this morning up here at 3600′. The new thermostat for the Williams Direct Vent Furnace held temp all night long! Relieved to have confidence in my heating system once again.

Direct vent furnace thermostat replacement

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Recently I’ve had some challenges with stability on the low voltage thermostat that controls my 30000 BTU Williams direct vent furnace which I rely on to keep the cabin above freezing when I’m not here. Here’s the faulty one:

On several occasions I’ve woken up to temperatures of 50° where the thermostat failed to kick back on, so therefore I’m looking into replacement options. Grabbed 3 potential models to use from Home Depot, each with their own pros and cons and will decide which one is best for this application.

The first two units that require no external power source one being the “dumbest” which is a manually controlled unit, the second one being a little less dumb with a basic set of programs on a 7 days schedule that runs off a 2 AAA batteries. the semi smart one is a wireless thermostat that requires what’s called a “c wire”, and for my application requires a special power adapter that plugs into a 110 outlet in the adapter puts out 24 volt AC current. This is what the “semi-smart” thermostat needs to properly power it’s wireless other smart functions. Here’s the C wire adapter I ordered from Amazon:

This introduces more complexity in the heating system and adds an additional potential single point of failure, but I gain the additional benefit of being able to remote control and monitor the unit from afar.

Right now I’ll be testing out “semi-dumb” thermostat. It runs off 2 AAA batteries. That’s the advantage. Simple easy, virtually fail-safe.

Trade-offs…

Remote control vs potential for power failure.

Will see what model wins out in the end…

Rewiring the 12v system in the cabin

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About to tear down and rewire my entire 12v wiring, lighting, and appliances in the cabin. Making it safer and easier to access instead of having it right above the tankless hot water and pressure tank.

Afternoon visitors

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